“Q. Is it more difficult for an older person to lose weight?
A. Yes, unfortunately. Although it is possible to lose weight at any age, several factors make it harder to lose weight with age.
Even those who remain active lose muscle mass every decade beginning in their 30s, research suggests, replacing it with fat. Muscles use up more calories than fat, so less muscle means a slower metabolism and the need for fewer calories, said Dr. Medha Munshi, a geriatrician and endocrinologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.”
“However, one group showed an actual improvement in the health of some of the white matter in their brains, compared to six months before. The dancers now had denser white matter in their fornix, a part of the brain involved with processing speed and memory.”
David Lindsay Hamden, CT Pending Approval
Those of us who contra dance and English country dance have suspected this from generation to generation. To learn more about these extraordinarily fun and healthy forms of community dance, I recommend the Country Dance and and Song Society website and their dance camps at Pinewoods Camp MA.
David Lindsay has been a contra dance caller and morris dancer in New Haven CT for the last 40 years. You can dance with him and his friends to live music at the dances of the New Haven Country Dancers.